Archive for June, 2012

Jun 30 2012

Review: Warung Bali

Published by under Other Asian

It's not compulsory to coordinate your outfit with the beer umbrella

Tucked into a difficult-to-spot shophouse on Street 178 in Phnom Penh within spitting distance of Phnom Penh’s National Museum, Warung Bali only has nine tables. So before we go any further, you have to promise not to go there when we want dinner. Deal? At first sight, hidden a few doors up from the corner of the … read the full post

Jun 28 2012

Taking good photos of Siem Reap’s temples: Learn from the best

Published by under Practicalities

You could have images from the amazing photographers described below. Instead, you're stuck with mine...

Cambodia is a country that takes on your senses and gives them a thorough going-over, sometimes in a bad way, but more often in a way that leaves you aching for more. More sharp and fat scents of spice and jasmine as you wander down a random street; more gorgeous scenery in richly saturated colours; … read the full post

Jun 26 2012

Weekend away: Otres Beach

Published by under Sihanoukville

Going to the beach during rainy season may seem like an odd recommendation, but Otres Beach is a favourite getaway from Phnom Penh that deserves a visit any month of the year. And if you’re looking for sandy solitude, you’re more likely to get lucky when there’s some rainclouds in the sky. Otres is the shy … read the full post

Jun 23 2012

Things to do at night in Phnom Penh (with little alcohol)

Published by under Bars & nightlife

Phnom Penh has a bit of a reputation as a good drinking destination. If you do your research thoroughly, it’s possible to combine happy hours into a very happy day at various establishments — although there’s no guarantee you’ll remember it afterwards. But sometimes, we want something to do other than collecting amusingly named cocktails … read the full post

Jun 15 2012

Games in Siem Reap

We’re fast approaching the time of year when long stretches of hot, soggy sunshine are interspersed with hour to two hour bursts of hot, wet rain, and it’s therefore time to look at the idea of ‘strategic stranding’. To be honest, the rain is not actually that big a deal unless in taking shelter you … read the full post

Jun 13 2012

Review: Laughing Fatman

Published by under Food

A short ramble from the riverside on Street 172 in Phnom Penh, Laughing Fatman is an old backpacker favourite in an upcoming tourist hotspot. Formerly Oh My Buddha at Lakeside, moving close to Wat Ounalom required a name change that wouldn’t upset the monks. Seems they have no problem with self-deprecation, then. Mr Fatman, aka … read the full post

Jun 12 2012

Song Saa amateur photo compeition

Published by under Photo

Have you given Cambodia your best shot? If you do, you might end up with more than you anticipated. Much, much more if the people behind Song Saa have their way. They’ve just launched a photo competition calling on travellers to submit their best photo of Cambodia. The prize: three nights at Cambodia’s newest and … read the full post

Jun 11 2012

Sports bars in Phnom Penh

Published by under Bars & nightlife

Rumour has it there are one or two big events coming up in the world of sport — if riverside badminton and Khmer boxing aren’t enough for you, here’s a roundup of where you can catch all the kicking, running, jumping and throwing action on screen in Phnom Penh. Top of the league as far … read the full post

Jun 07 2012

Mexican food in Siem Reap

Published by under Food & drink

I’m not American, which you can tell by the fact that I eat burgers with a knife and fork (frankly, the concept of having to unhinge your jaw in order to put food in your mouth seems freakish and bizarre), have an almost disturbing neurosis about “proper” spelling, and get very twitchy when someone asks … read the full post

Jun 05 2012

Review: Samaky Restaurant and Lounge

Published by under Food

Two minutes from Independence Monument and wrapping the corner of Golden Street (St 278) you’ll find the Khmer-owned Samaky Restaurant and Lounge, a recently new addition to this popular Phnom Penh street. The ground floor restaurant doesn’t have much in the way of walls but still provides plenty of protection from the elements (research undertaken during a … read the full post

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